*All results from games played on Saturday, August 10th 2013
AAA - Las Vegas 51's (64-55)______________________________________
LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 3 (Box)
Rafael Montero is beginning to make his adjustments to the Pacific Coast League. After a bit of a rocky start, he is averaging seven innings over his last three starts with a 20:5 K:BB ratio. On Saturday he struck out nine in seven innings of work, and the only blemish on his record was a home run to Astros top prospect George Springer. On the offensive side of things, Travis d'Arnaud was 2-3 with 2 doubles and Kirk Nieuwenhuis blasted his eleventh home run of the year.
AA - Binghamton Mets (74-46)_____________________________________
ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)
A rare 2013 loss for the B-Mets, as the usually strong bullpen coughed up six runs in the seventh and eighth. And by 'bullpen,' I mean Armando Rodriguez, who somehow pitched both innings despite surrendering five hits and walking two. But I've buried the lead, haven't I? Noah Syndergaard got the start and went five strong as the Mets continue to manage his workload down the stretch. Syndergaard was brutally efficient, needing just 56 pitches to get through five (or fewer than ArmRod threw in three), while striking out five SeaWolves. Danny Muno and Wilfredo Tovar continue their hot second halves for Bingo,
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (24-19 // 61-49)_______________________
ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10) (Box)
The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak with a walk-off win at Tradition field yesterday. Rylan Sandoval provided the bonus baseball heroics, with a gritty walkoff infield hit in the tenth to finally break a run of ten scoreless half-innings. Dustin Lawley struck the big blow for the Mets with a three-run home run in the third, his twenty-fourth of the year. On the mound, Hansel Robles was pretty mediocre, and reports are that his velocity has dipped back into the upper 80s. Not good.
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (25-20 // 68-46)_____________
SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 0 (Box)
The Crawdads have one of the most prospecty lineups in organized baseball, full to the brim with tools. They might set a South Atlantic League home run record. Seth Lugo shut them down, hard. The Ragin' Cajun struck out 10 in seven innings of work, making it back-to-back double digit strikeout games for the 34th round pick. The Sand Gnats bats couldn't muster much offense either, but single runs in the seventh and eighth innings were enough to seal the victory and move the Gnats to within three games of the division-leading Lexington Legends.
SS-A Brooklyn Cyclones (25-26)_______________________________
BROOKLYN 2, STATE COLLEGE 1
Another game, another good pitching performance. John Gant has been dominating the New York Penn League this summer, and last night was no exception. The twenty-one year old made Happy Valley an unhappy place with his six strong innings on the bump, and RBIs from Gavin Cecchini and LJ Mazzilli was enough support to get the Cyclones one game closer to .500.
R - Kingsport Mets (28-20)_______________________________
GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 2 (Box)
Kingsport couldn't do much against Jandel Gustave, who was an easy 93-95 with some command. And really, Kingsport couldn't do much of anything against any of the Greeneville pitchers, striking out 15 times as a team. Starter Andrew Massie massaged his way through 5+ innings, but Edioglis Villasmil let in a go-ahead home run and Champ Stuart lost a ball in the lights in the ninth to give the Astros some insurance.
R - GCL Mets (14-30)_______________________________
GCL NATS 10, GCL METS 2 (Box)
Mets continue to get killed in this Best-of-5,000,000 series with the GCL Nats.
Star of the Night
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Syndergaard, and Montero followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Goat of the Night
Armando Rodriguez took a beating last night against Erie. The goat horns merely add insult to injury.